The rapper was recognized for his service to the community, and given a Visionary award from the Black Caucus of State Legislators, during their 30th anniversary in Jackson, Mississippi.
But despite his efforts, many local parents say he should not have been presented as a role model to students.
200 students from area high school were invited to see Banner accept his award, according to local news station, WLBT. "We are honoring him for his community service, not his music," said NBCSL Pres. Mary Coleman.
Without the approval from their parents, students look up to the rapper, especially those at his Alma Mater Provine High School. His lyrics, they say, have nothing to do with the man. "He could be a good person on the inside, but when he's rapping he'll do something different to make the money," said Sophomore Jason Hardiman told WLBT.
"Do I look at him as a good role model? He's successful," said Coleman.
Banner said the award from the Black Caucus is one of the greatest honors in his life.